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Basil plant



General information

  • Ocimum basilicum, Basil
  • Lamiaceae family
  • Sunlight: Full sun.
  • Soil conditions: well-drained soil, high in organic matter.
  • Grows well in a container.
  • Annual
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Successful cultivars

  • Genovese (68 days) Classic Italian variety. Large dark green leaves.
  • Sweet Thai (64 days) Long green leaves, attractive purple stems and flowers. Spicy flavor.
  • Amethyst (74 days) Large turned-down leaves, nearly black in color. Genovese type. 


Common pests and disease

  • Downy Mildew 
  • Grey Mold
  • Basil Sunburn
  • Thrips
  • Fusarium wilt

This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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